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Apocalypse Burning: The Earth's Last Days: The Battle Lines Are Drawn (Left Behind Military)

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A book by Mel Odom

The disappearance of millions of people around the globe which includes all the children under twelve years old fails to stop the latest Middle East flare-up. When Syrian forces attack the Turkish city of Sanliurfa US Ranger Captain Cal Remington vows … see full wiki

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Author: Mel Odom
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
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This is it? "Plot-us Interrupt-us"...

  • May 1, 2006
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So I finally got to the third novel in the Apocalypse series titled Apocalypse Burning. This is a related series to Left Behind, only told from a military perspective of the Rapture and tribulation period. Now when I started this series, I was thinking it was probably a trilogy. The last one was published in 2004 and the first three were pretty close together. But having finished this installment, I must say I'd probably not recommend it, as I don't know if/where they go from here...

Goose Gander is still over in Turkey. He's more convinced that the mass disappearance was really the Rapture spoken of in Scripture, and he's coming to grips with how that affects his faith. He's also at odds with his commanding officer based on some secretive maneuverings which is causing Gander to go into missions and conflicts without all the information he needs. He's also teaming up with a OneWorld reporter who has a lead on a major story that might be the cause of people getting killed. Goose's wife Megan is finally put on trial for dereliction of duty surrounding her two failed attempts at stopping two different teen suicides. The case has no foundation, but the Army is following through with it to prevent a civil suit from targeting them. Megan believes that the Rapture has occurred, and this puts her at odds with nearly all the leadership on the base. Their son Joey is still doing the runaway thing, and has fallen in with a really nasty crowd that could land him in jail for murder. And finally, Delroy is back in the town he grew up in, and he's found his father's church in complete disrepair. Reluctantly, he rediscovers his faith and pretty soon the church is back on track and he's the default pastor. He's also made contact with his estranged wife, and who knows where that might lead?

So what's wrong with all this? The writing is fine, and it's an enjoyable read from a Christian end-times perspective. But we've now gone three books deep into the series and we've covered *maybe* a month of calendar time. Way, way too slow. And while there's been minor spot resolutions of personal crisis points of each character, there's no real sense of where things are leading with any of them. Finally, the lack of a fourth installment after two years makes me wonder if there are any plans to continue it. Odom's still writing books, but none of them (that I know of) are continuations of this series.

The story would be fine if it went somewhere... But it hasn't progressed much over three books, and there's no promise that it will continue at all. Major "plot-us interrupt-us" going on here, and I've got better ways to spend my reading time...

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